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Monday and Tuesday, September 26-27, 2016
Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room
Since 1964, Kearney State College, now the University of Nebraska at Kearney, has sponsored an international conference with the goal of introducing faculty, students, Central Nebraska residents and beyond to a wide variety of topics of international significance. In 1988 the name of the conference was changed to honor Professor James E. Smith. We recognize today, as did the Conference’s founders, how critical discussion and interaction with people from diverse cultures is for a complete education. Global economic interdependence, the development of appropriate environmental strategies, the resolution of regional conflicts, and the enhancement of human rights all require a global perspective. Furthermore we realized long ago the strong connections that interact between communities, states, and countries; thereby bringing into focus that issues in other parts of the world shape the quality of our lives here in Nebraska.
The current crisis around refugees and immigration is what prompted us to select, Migration, Borders and Identity: Building Bridges or Walls as this year’s theme. Dignitaries representing such countries as Germany, the Netherlands, Mexico, Pakistan, Slovenia, Cameroon, Fiji, and Antigua/Barbuda, as well as scholars and other professionals will discuss a wide variety of topics including: migration and cultural conflict, migration and health crises, war/conflict and displacement, the settlement of refugees and their impact on Europe, human trafficking, climate change and migration, and refugees and immigrants in Nebraska.
It is our hope that the conference will inspire members of the audience to pursue further information about the issues addressed, and instill in our students a lifelong interest in international affairs. As always, we hope that the information provided at this conference will remind UNK faculty, students, and the Kearney community of our connections to the broader global community.